In Chile there are diverse ecosystems from the Andes Mountain Range to Mediterranean forests, wetlands, coastal environments, etc., and it is possible to find species that live only in certain environments. With this program you will have the opportunity to observe the birds of central Chile in the Maipo Valley and the Pacific coast.



Day 1: Cajón del Maipo and El Yeso Valley

We will get an early start to drive to the Andes and explore El Yeso Valley and the Maipo River area where we can marvel at the diversity of landscapes while looking for some of Chile’s endemic species such as the craig chilia and the moustached turca, as well as some special species from this part of the country such as the Chilean mocking bird, the black-winged ground dove, the bar-winged cinclodes, and the grey-hooded sierra finch. We will also get the opportunity to spot birds of prey such as black-chested buzzard eagle and scavengers such as the majestic Andean condor. On the way to the Yeso Valley located at 2,500 meters above sea level, we will also look for the torrent duck, an unusual member of the Anatidae family that lives exclusively in the Andean rivers, and other species such as the diademed sandpiper -plover.

Expected species: 35

Some of the species that can be found on this tour: Magellanic horned owl, torrent duck, mountain caracara, red-backed hawk, craig Chilia, moustached turca, Chilean mockingbird, diademed Sandpiper - Plover, mourning sierra finch, bar-winged cinclodes, band-tailed sierra finch, grassland Yellow finch, yellow rumped siskin, andean condor, black-chested buzzard eagle.

Day 2: Pacific Coast, Mouth of the Maipo River, coastal wetlands

Join us on this bird watching tour near the Pacific coast. We will look for endemic species that follow the Humboldt Current, such as the guanay cormorant, red-legged cormorant, the Peruvian booby, the grey gull, and the Inca tern. Along the coast we will also spot the endemic seaside cinclodes. The coast will only be the first part of our adventure; in the afternoon we will also visit the mouth of the Maipo River and some marshes, while looking for the many-colored rush-tyrant, the black-headed duck, the scarce ticking doradito, and many other species such as the South American painted snipe, the cocoi heron, and the elegant tern.

Expected species: 50

Some of the species that can be found on this trip are: the Peruvian booby, Inca tern, seaside cinclodes, ruddy turnstone, Baird’s sandpiper, ticking doradito, red gartered coot, spot-flanked gallinule, grey gull, franklin´s gull, guanay cormorant, yellow-billed pintail, speckled teal, silver teal, lake duck, crested duck, red shoveler, white tufted grebe, silvery grebe, pied-billed grebe, cocoi heron.

  • 1 night at Casa Arrayán hotel or similar.
  • Private ground transportation.
  • Protected area entrance fees.
  • Box lunch.
  • Equipment, literature, field guides, check list, extra set of binoculars (only upon request), and spotting scope.
  • Bilingual guide specialized in birdlife with WFR or 32 hours First Aid Certification.
  • Personal insurance for accidents (18-64 years old).
  • Airfare.
  • Meals.
  • Transfers and trips not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips.
  • Laundry.
  • Minimum number of visitors: Trips are guaranteed to depart with a minimum of 2 visitors.
  • Equipment required: Sunscreen, hat, and insect repellent.
  • The duration of each tour will depend on the time spent watching each species.


  • Bird watching.
  • Naturalist focused tour.
  • Photo opportunity.